Sunday baseball: Boston at Orioles

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Boston (61-42) at Orioles (44-59)

After posting 6-5 and 4-0 wins over the Orioles this weekend, the Boston Red Sox can do something today no team has been able to do all year.

That is sweep the Orioles three straight in Baltimore.

The O's have been swept in three game series five times this year, but all came on the road. In April the O's lost four straight at Boston.

The last time the Sox swept a three-game series at Baltimore was April 7-9, 2006.

After the Birds had scored 19 runs with a .301 team average over the previous three games, the O's were shutout by Josh Beckett and two relievers on eight hits Saturday night.

It was the 7th time on the season the Orioles have been blanked.

The O's are 2-4 on a seven-game homestand that ends today at 1:35 p.m. when Jason Berken (1-8, 6.21) faces Boston's Clay Buchholz (1-1, 3.52).

The Orioles have lost four and tied one over their last five series.

They are just 4-11 since the All-Star game and now are 15 games under the .500 mark, tying a season low.

Matt Wieters has a nine-game batting streak and is 14 for 33 during his streak. Brian Roberts is 7 for 22 during a five-game hitting streak.

Aubrey Huff was hitless last night and is batting just .170 over his last 21 games and Luke Scott is just 5 for 43 since the All-Star break.

The Red Sox could move 20 games over .500 with a win today. Boston entered this series with eight losses in its previous 12 contests.

Boston, which has now won 11 of its last 15 series, is 27-12 on the year vs. AL East teams, including a 9-8 road mark.

Jacoby Ellsbury is batting .450 (18 for 40) over his last nine games with eight runs and 6 RBI in that stretch.

Boston is 10-2 on the year vs. the Orioles including a 4-1 mark in Baltimore. The Red Sox have won 17 of the last 20 games in the series.

O's hitters, this homestand:
Andino: 0-0
Huff: 7-24, HR, 6 RBI
Izturis: 7-21, 2B and 3B
Jones: 7-24, 3 homers, 7 RBI, five runs
Markakis: 7-24, 4 RBI
Mora: 2-15
Pie: 2-5, RBI
Reimold: 5-18, HR, 2 RBI
Roberts: 7-27, 2 2B, six runs
Scott: 3-20, 0 RBI
Wieters: 9-20, 2 RBI
Wigginton: 3-11, HR, RBI
Zaun: 0-3

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